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>PD Nov. 28, 1994, V2, #212
Israelis Prefer CNN
Israelis are watching CNN International in greater numbers per
capita than any country in the world. According to the Israeli
Gallop Poll, 28.2 percent of Israeli cable TV viewers watch CNN at
least once a day, making it the most popular foreign news service
in Israel. On days with special events, 49 percent of the
cable-viewing public are watching the CNN reports.
Britain Calls PLO a Criminal National Security Threat
The PLO is alleged to have $10 billion in assets and an annual
income of $1.5 -$2 billion mainly from illegal activities, this
according to a report from Britain's National Criminal Intelligence
Services (NCIS) given to the Government Accounting Office (GAO),
the auditing arm of the US Congress. The NCIS also termed the PLO
a national security threat. The GAO report was compiled despite
obstruction from the US State Department.
West Bank Drive-by Gunmen Kill Rabbi
Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)
In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, gunmen believed to be Islamic
militants opened fire on a car carrying Jewish settlers. One
Israeli was killed and another wounded.
Israeli settlers say unidentified gunmen in a speeding vehicle
fired at the car heading for the settlement of Otniel, just south
of Hebron. Reports say there were at least two armed men who fired
on the Israeli car, which then went out of control and overturned.
The Israeli who was killed has been identified as the rabbi of
Otniel, who headed a religious seminary in the settlement. A
policeman who was riding in the car was wounded.
The attack took place near the al-Fawwar refugee camp. Tensions in
the area have been high since last February when a Jewish settler
shot and killed 29 Muslim worshipers and wounded dozens more at a
Israel Radio says an anonymous caller to the station claimed the
drive-by attack was carried out by the military wing of the Islamic
resistance movement -- Hamas -- the main opponent of the Israel PLO
self-rule agreement. There have been many such shootings in the
past, some of them in the same area. Most of the attacks have been
claimed by Hamas.
Israeli soldiers have launched a massive hunt for the attackers.
Hamas Hadera Bus Terrorist Sentenced to Death
By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)
An Israeli military court in the West Bank has sentenced an Islamic
militant to death for planning and orchestrating a suicide bus
bombing last spring that killed five Israelis. This is only the
third time Israeli courts have sentenced terrorists to death. In
both earlier cases, the sentence was reduced on appeal.
The convicted terrorist -- 24-year-old Said Badarneh from the West
Bank village of Yabed -- was sentenced to death by the Jenin
military court for his part in the April bus bombing in the central
Israeli town of Hadera. Five Israelis and the bomber were killed
and 30 others were wounded in the blast.
Badarneh was a member of the militant Islamic organization Hamas,
and headed the group which carried out the attack. A Hamas bomb
attack on a bus also killed seven people in the town of Afula in
April, and more recently 22-people died in a similar attack in the
heart of Tel Aviv.
In their decision, the three-judge panel wrote they had decided for
the death penalty, because life sentences, the standard penalty for
such convictions, have not deterred murderous attacks by Islamic
militants against Israelis.
While some Israeli politicians called the unusual sentence a just
one, most called it shameful, violating Jewish tradition. Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin says he opposes the death sentence in
principle, saying that carrying out the sentence would be a
The death penalty, though legal in Israel, has been used only once
-- the execution of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in 1962 for Crimes Against
the Jewish People.
Israel to Allow Imports of Non-Kosher Meat
On January 1, the Industry and Trade Ministry will allow the
import of meat products into the country. The meat products include
kosher and non-kosher, and frozen and non-frozen products. This
follows years of legal efforts on the part of meat importers
attempting to require the Ministry to allow meat imports. In order
to protect local interests, the Ministry will have the authority to
place duties on the imported meat products. Until now, the
Government has been the only importer of meat -- all of which was
kosher -- into the country.
Germans Honor Jewish World War I Dead
The German military for the first time honored Jews who died
fighting for Germany in World War I. The honors came in Memorial
Day commemorations recently. In a ceremony attended by Jewish
leaders, Klaus Naumann laid a wreath at Berlin's Weissensee
cemetery, where 395 Jewish soldiers are buried.
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